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Cathay to shut Australian pilot base

120 Aussie staff will have to decide between redundancy or relocation to Hong Kong, following news that Cathay Pacific will close it’s Australian pilot base.


Just months after Cathay Pacific shut its Canadian pilot base, Australian pilots for the Hong Kong airline received emails advising of the news, Australian Aviation reported. 


International crew members who are permitted to work in Hong Kong can make the move but those who can’t will be retrenched.



Aircrew general manager Deborah McConnochie apologised for “not being able to find an alternative”.


“This is not a decision we have made lightly and is not a reflection on the performance of our Australian-based pilots, we will now do all we can to support you through this process,” McConnochie said.


Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific began a local recruitment drive last week, with hopes to recruit pilots in Hong Kong in anticipation of the recommencement of air travel, Human Resources Director, a human resource news site reported.


“As we look to the future it is critically important that we keep our crew resource levels right, plan appropriately for the recovery and future growth to our network, and look forward to increasing demand as we welcome back more of our customers,” Cathay’s director of flight operations Chris Kempis said. 


“Recruitment at this stage is about forward planning and as we move through the summer, we are already seeing small, but definite growth in our passenger schedules.” 

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Published: 9 June 2021

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